NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 20, 2022

by | Aug 20, 2022 | News, NHL | 29 comments

The breakdown of Nazem Kadri’s new contract, Kyle Turris has retired, recent coaching moves and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

PUCK PEDIA: The breakdown of Nazem Kadri’s seven-year, $49 million contract ($7 million annual average value) is as follows:

First four seasons (2022-23 to 2025-26): $4.5 million base salary, $2.5 million signing bonus, full no-movement clause,

Calgary Flames center Nazem Kadri (NHL Images).

Season 5 (2026-27): $6 million base salary, $1 million signing bonus, 13-team no-trade list,

Final two seasons (2027-28 and 2028-29): $7 million base salary, 13-team no-trade list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those wondering why the base salary is so high in the final seasons, it will make it easier to buy out those years. As per Cap Friendly, at two-thirds the remaining value over twice the remaining term, it would break down as $2.33 million against the Flames’ cap for four years.

TSN: Kyle Turris is retiring as an NHL player and is joining the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League as a special advisor to the general manager and player development coach. The 34-year-old New Westminster, BC, native spent 14 seasons in the NHL from 2007-08 to 2021-22 with the Arizona Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers. In 776 NHL games, Turris scored 168 goals and 257 assists for 425 points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A versatile forward who could play center or wing, Turris’ best seasons were with the Senators from 2013-14 to 2016-17, scoring 24-plus goals and 55-or-more points three times. He also had a 51-point campaign split between the Senators and Predators in 2017-18. Injuries, however, contributed to the decline of his play over his final four NHL seasons. Best wishes to Turris in his future endeavors.

NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils named Sergei Brylin as an assistant coach. He’s spent the past nine seasons as an assistant and associate coach with their AHL affiliates. Before that, he played 13 seasons with the Devils, winning three Stanley Cups before retiring from the NHL in 2008.

The Pittsburgh Penguins promoted Todd Reirden to associate coach and signed him to a two-year contract extension. He oversees the club’s defensive group and power-play unit.

THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tucker Poolman has been training and skating this offseason working his way back to game shape while hoping to avoid a recurrence of the concussion symptoms that limited him to just 40 games last season.

TORONTO STAR: TSN played a big role in making the World Junior Championship a hot commodity. Thanks to its reporting (primarily by Rick Westhead) into Hockey Canada’s handling of alleged sexual assaults involving players from Canada’s 2003 and 2018 junior teams, the network has also contributed to the poor ratings for this summer’s WJC currently held in Edmonton.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Several other factors have also contributed to the low ratings and poor attendance at this year’s World Juniors. It’s being held in the summer instead of its usual Christmas holiday period after being postponed last December by a COVID-19 outbreak. Ticket prices are reportedly very expensive, and there’s been little promotion of the tournament. However, there’s no question the Hockey Canada scandal has taken a toll on viewership and attendance.

The 2023 World Juniors will be held during its usual Christmas holiday period in Moncton, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’ll be interesting to see if the factors affecting the current tournament in Edmonton will carry over, especially if Hockey Canada leadership continues to drag its feet addressing the fallout from the ongoing investigations into those scandals.


  1. Also not overly Impressed with Lysell, but this McTavish Kid is something else wish the bruins could have nabbed him. I don’t know which team drafted him but he’s going to be an amazing player. Got to go, got a pickup softball game early this afternoon so you might not hear back from me til later, Getting ready to charge into a Large Tim Hortons Coffee and Bagel I’ll most likely wash it all down with a couple of apple fritters.

  2. Alleged sexual assaults by those who shall not be named and the hunt is on for the executives who didn’t stop it.

    Seems to me that the players involved are being protected for the time being and Hockey Canada is being put to the fire.

    Good thing Logan Mailloux wasn’t on those teams as the media and hockey Canada showed themselves to be more than willing to condemn and punish the player.

    Which players did what to who and let the heads roll or stop being so sanctimonious.

    Will payers be named, will they be tried in court, will there be suspensions of a year or more, will teams be flogged for signing the players?

    So far it looks like getting a pound of flesh from Hockey Canada is the resolution.
    Hope I’m wrong.

    • I believe any attempt to identify the players stopped when the charges were settled out of court and the victim accepted a monetary settlement of some proportion. And the latest word from her lawyer is that the last thing she wants is for all that to be dredged up again.

      What the focus has been on in recent months are the nefarious actions of Hockey Canada in covering up the incident and the use of taxpayer’s money to do so. It has already cost some their jobs and more will surely follow.

      But without the full cooperation of the victim – who understandably does not want to be identified (which could happen if criminal charges were leveled followed by the need to be cross-examined in court) no player names will surface.

      • To the average person the lack of action shows they still want to keep it swept under the rug butI think it will be fully dragged back open soon enough. And it 100% hurt the current Junior viewship equally with these being the biggest holiday weeks of the summer

        ‘The woman made it clear to London Police as early as June 24, 2018, that she wanted criminal charges pursued, according to her lawyer. She met with officers again on June 26 and Aug. 31 of that year. She was informed on Feb. 6, 2019 that no charges would be laid.’

    • HF30, not sure what you’re suggesting. Are you saying the media shouldn’t have reported what he did and the opinion writers shouldn’t have condemned him? If so I disagree, if not I will post what I think anyway.

      The OHL suspended him until Jan 1, as they should have. He was allowed to play after that, which he should have. He got drafted in Rd 1 and will sign an entry level deal, collect a signing bonus for the next 3 years and get a shot at the NHL. If he learned from it, his life will be just fine.

      His reputation took a hit, as it should have as he earned it. I would suggest the girl, whose picture he took while having sex with her and then texted it to his buddies, and where they went after that who knows, also had her reputation take a hit and exposed in ways that she never should have been.

      Not sure if you have daughters, but if you do, think back to when they were 18 and ask yourself how that would have been for her. Seriously.

      The key difference is it was his choice, she did not have that luxury.

      IMO the problem is not holding some of these guys accountable when they deserve it for a significant portion of their young lives. It shouldn’t be surprising when they act like that is the case.

      He was held accountable, and is likely a better person for it. If so, hope he does well. If he continues to mistreat other people, not so much.

      • Ray Bark,
        You aren’t sure what I’m suggesting but you go running off on a tangent anyway regurgitating your opinion on Mailloux.

        I’m suggesting that the media, opinion writers and others demand the names of the players and hold them accountable, treating all of them the exact same way they harp on Mailloux.

        As it is they get off scot free, with Hockey Canada being the target.

      • Correct HF30, I did, and also why I qualified it.
        Your previous stance was somewhat different, wasn’t sure what it was these days as we disagreed on the Habs drafting him.

        We agree, they should be treated exactly the same way, and if what they did was more egregious, they should get a stiffer penalty.

        I’m not a lawyer, but the settlement may throw a wrench in that from the perspective of Hockey Canada releasing any info. Maybe Howard can fill us in.

        You never did clarify. So if Mallioux was on that team in 2018, they would have treated him differently? Not sure what you meant by good thing.

        Methinks if they knew the identity of the players, they would be treated the same, but they don’t know and can only guess at this point.

      • Well, Lyle, you’ve just demonstrated the folly and frailty of the media.

        I didn’t say the medial got things wrong in this instance (I wouldn’t know because investigations are not complete and conclusions not rendered). I said that anyone who has had knowledge of an incident will know the media gets things wrong or sensationalizes things. Just like you did in your last reply. So thanks for making my point.

      • LJ, you stated, “I wish the rest of us, starting with the media, shut up and let the police investigation carry on to its conclusion.” Yet, it’s because of the media that the investigation was reopened and is ongoing. They’ve done nothing to impede or interfere with it in any way. They’ve merely reported the facts based on multiple, reliable sources. The police have not complained or raised any issue about any inaccuracy in those reports.

        You also said, “Anyone who has had first hand knowledge of an incident knows the media gets things wrong and often sensationalizes select aspects.” Yet you failed to provide a single example where the media has gotten anything wrong with their coverage of this scandal and the ensuing investigation or what aspects they’ve sensationalized. You’re making a broad generalization without any basis of fact in its instance.

      • Would this be the third time that I have said that neither the judicial system nor the independent investigation that is to dig in has produced findings?

        Relying on the media to determine guilt or innocence, or the accuracy or not of the full picture, may be your idea of justice and light. I am going to keep my powder dry until all the facts are in.

      • Nowhere did I say that I was relying on the media to determine guilt or innocence or to mete out justice, LJ. You said the media should “shut up” about a story broken by reporters that reopened the investigation in the first place, accusing the media of getting things wrong and often sensationalizing select aspects without providing a single example regarding this story to substantiate your claim.

      • Still at this first thing this morning, Lyle? Fortunately other will be unlikely to be burdened with this now tedious exchange as there are new Rumours elsewhere here.

        I have found you to be fair and level headed. Yet you repeat that I said the media got it wrong with Hockey Canada. I said this:

        “Anyone who has had first hand knowledge of an incident knows the media gets things wrong and often sensationalizes select aspects.”

        It was equally clear, I thought, that I said was needed to wait until all the investigations were concluded to get the full story.

        I am not Edward G. Murrow. But as a one time freelancer I had both my reporting and opinion pieces appear in print and electronic media. I have also been interviewed for media and been subject of stories. I know by personal experience that the whole story is often not told. Sometimes one doesn’t want to expose a source, or has to wait for further disclosure. Sometimes there isn’t time to dig further due to deadlines. Editing might factor in.

        I have no problem being held accountable for things I said. But Your repeated misstatement of what I said is not the professionalism you would have us believe journalists live by, and your demands that I answer to something I didn’t say is starting to feel that this is a far too personal thing with you.

        Reply as you will. If I comment on this topic it will be when the investigations have settled.

    • Late to the party, but here is my opinion:

      I wish the police do a proper job of investigating the woman’s complaints, and that justice is done: either the accusations ultimately result in guilty verdicts, or are dismissed.

      I wish the pontificating politicians would shut up and quit grand standing.

      I wish the rest of us, starting with the media, would shut up and let the police investigation carry on to its conclusion. Anyone who has had first hand knowledge of an incident knows the media gets things wrong and often sensationalizes select aspects. There are probably a dozen people who know what really happened and none of them are us, or the ratings chasing media.

      Hockey Canada may well have done a poor job in responding to the situation. The only venue for redress should have been and remains the courts, not an out of court settlement. Hockey Canada should have let the matter go to civil court, just as the matter needs proper investigation through a criminal complaint.

      With the story incomplete and much unknown the moralizing, the hand wringing and the wailing just casts a shadow on all the players in the current tournament, and they don’t deserve it.

      • True that LJ

      • LJ, you want the media to “shut up” and let the police investigation carry on to its conclusion. You accuse the media of “getting things wrong” and “sensationalizing select aspects”, claiming they’re only interested in chasing ratings.

        And yet, it was TSN’s Rick Westhead’s tireless efforts that revealed Hockey Canada’s attempts to cover up those incidents that led to reopening the investigation. Others also reported how Hockey Canada was drawing on registration fees as a slush fund to settle sexual assault claims. It was the media that revealed a sexual assault incident involving members of Canada’s 2003 WJC team that had been buried for nearly 20 years.

        If not for the media, none of these horrific stories would’ve seen the light of day. Hockey Canada would’ve carried on covering things up with no consequences.

      • Aw get off it, Lyle.

        What horrific things are you talking about? Have you read the results of any investigation by any independent body? Have you found that the settlement was kept confidential against the wishes of the complainant? No verdict has been rendered, because no charges have yet to be laid.

        Yet the media has already delivered its verdict. What we have is trial by media. Ask Jake Virtanen about the effects of media reports are like in advance of any trial. Or did I miss you writing something commenting on the effects of the media on him, and others in his situation as well?

      • LJ, you accused the media of “getting things wrong” and “sensationalizing select aspects”.

        Which parts of this story did they get wrong? What “sensationalizing select aspects” did TSN’s Rick Westhead do when he broke the story of Hockey Canada settling with the young woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by members of the 2018 WJC team?

        What part did The Toronto Star’s Kieran Leavitt sensationalize or “get wrong” by reporting Sport Canada knew of the alleged sexual assault in 2018 but didn’t inform the minister at the time?

        What part did he and fellow Star reporter Kevin McGran get wrong with their report about video showing a young woman being sexually assaulted by members of the 2003 WJC team?

        Are they not supposed to report the reopening of the investigation? Or of the federal government freezing Hockey Canada’s funding? Or of multiple sponsors withdrawing their support? Should they not report on how this scandal has played a part in the low attendance and ratings at the current WJC? Or of the findings thus far of the inquiry by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage regarding Hockey Canada’s handling of the allegations? The one that revealed over $7.6 million had been paid out in settlements?

        Are they just supposed to not report it? Just mention it in passing? Ignore the story? What would you have them do, LJ?

  3. Poolman better up his game while he’s at it

  4. Lyle ymail is a valid email address. Like hotmail there are no. new ones. I have another one @rocketmail that rarely works on sites

  5. my opinion is one things hurting world cup ratings as well as nhl rating is due to the fact they are on espn plus or other channels u have to subscribe to. I use to watch every hockey game i could when they were on cable. now i watch very little. i love hockey but not enough to pay extra to watch them. just my opinion

  6. In my view the other thing affecting the world Junior numbers is TSNs insistence on tossing the games up on their “premium” channels. My cable package only gives me TSN 1 and 2, but the majority of the games were on TSN 3-5, including the semi final games. I love watching this tournament but TSN basically made it so I couldn’t. I understand they have certain programming obligations but when TSN1 is showing pre-recorded top 50 countdowns and such during the Canada semi-final game this seems like a design to push people to pay for premium.

  7. Agree Lyle lots of contributing factors involved for low attendance and viewership.

    As I can only speak for myself. Yes the scandal hurts and Canada has lost that “good Canadian boy” reputation.

    Maybe different if talking one individual but we not, it’s 8 and that not counting the player Ray mentioned regarding a different incident.

    With that said I watched 0 of the tournament so far and my reason is simple.

    Summer is short in Manitoba and I rarely turn on the TV, I spend my days and evening out doors as much as possible.

    TV is never on in the AM or afternoons.

    I know Canada won its last game and will watch the gold match game if it’s in the evening.

    As far as the scandal it’s not over and folks want accountability. With hockey Canada paying the settlement, what lesson did these young men learn?

    • You can watch tv outside. Frozen beverages. Sunshine. Hockey on the tube.

      • Chrism that sounds nice; however not one to just sit there.

        In the winter months in Mexico or Florida sound better again.

    • Agree on the outdoors Caper, plus yesterday’s game was on in the afternoon when most folks are at work.

  8. Nadri’s contract. How does having more money on the last two years make it easier to buy-out? If it was a front loaded contract then less would be left for the last few years. What am I missing here?

    • Dov that’s a good question. I wondering the same thing.

      I must be missing something.

      • Pretty sure that since there are no bonuses in the final two years the Flames get the maximum out of a buyout in the years he is most likely to be a boat anchor.

        Contracts that have high signing bonuses and low salary give the team very little benefit to buy out the players in those years